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Ming-tang Evans

In business in Notting Hill since 1939, Geales opened a second branch, in Chelsea Green, only a few years ago. The menu is comfortingly old-fashioned – a list of dishes from the 1970s is displayed on the wall and apart from the current absence of Bajan flying fish, little seems to have changed. Prawn cocktail and sticky toffee pudding have timeless appeal (especially in Chelsea, it seems). Atlantic prawns, served shell-on with aïoli, had a proper snap to them, but a dozen maldon rock oysters weren’t the best specimens we’ve had.

Mains include Scottish mussels, a lobster and shellfish platter to share, fish pie, and lobster tagliatelle – the last featured a rather cloying tomatoey sauce and lobster chunks that, although chunky, didn’t taste of much. Most people are here for the posh fish and chips, and rightly so: a large hunk of cod, falling into fat white flakes, came encased in featherlight crispy batter. Chips cost extra, but were fine examples: firm, fluffy and golden.

Looks aren’t up to much: white tablecloths and black leather chairs in a nondescript room. To drink, there’s a shortish wine list and a trio of Meantime bottled beers, but this is SW3, so surely it’s got to be champers – top-quality bubbles from Ridgeview in Sussex, in fact.



Venue name: Geales
Address: 1 Cale Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Tue-Fri. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-10.30pm Sat; noon-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square or South Kensington
Price: Main courses £10.95-£22.50. Set meal (Tue-Fri) £9.95 2 courses. Meal for two with wine and service: around £75
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Geales  is located just behind Notting Hill Gate tube station and was established in 1939. After a refurbishment ten years ago the restaurant serves up fresh tasty fish with a modern twist. The head chef ensures the fish used is from a sustainable source and his passion for seafood shows in the impressive menu. There is plenty of seating in the large restaurant, which is decorated with a rustic and traditional feel.

To start we had the Tempura Tiger Prawns – big fresh well cooked prawns on a bed of lemon mayonnaise and the daily special of Seared Scallop with seared tuna steak and roasted peppers – which was beautifully presented and well cooked.

For the mains we went for their classic fish and chips; which are the speciality of Geales. We tried the Peterhead Cod Fillet – the chips were big and chunky and the fish was fresh with yummy crispy batter. We also had the Seared Fin Tuna Nicoise – a very pretty salad with mixed leaves, anchovies, quails eggs and well cooked tuna.

To end the meal we had a hearty portion of the Sticky Toffee Pudding with ice cream which was so tasty!

The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The food was very well presented, and the quality of the fish is good for the price you pay. The starters range from £6.50 for soup of the day to £11.50 for Oak smoked salmon. The mains range from only £9 for a Caprese salad to £37.50 for a grilled whole lobster. They have a daily Express Lunch Menu which costs just £9.95 for two courses, including a coffee, available from 12pm till 3pm Tuesday to Friday, which is such a bargain.


I've been 3 times at Geales and always looked forwarded to returning to such a delightful place and always left disappointed for the quality of the food served. What a waste. This place needs a new management.